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The Ruby is a catalyst for creativity and a new home for making art at Duke University.
Date & Time
Thursday, September 27Sunday, October 21
The Agora (Studio 129) at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705 United States

Cornered represents the motivation and struggles of African immigrants leaving their home country and making an attempt—most often failed—to cross the border from Morocco to the Spanish cities of Melilla and Ceuta, the only European cities on Africa’s mainland. The installation consists of video projections on a stylized wooden structure that is reminiscent of a Moroccan table and covered on top by a screened dome. As they walk around the structure, viewers experience atmospheric imagery that captures the contrast between frustration and hope. Salvatella de Prada partnered with musician Jonathan Henderson and the group Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba to develop a musical score that synthesizes the migrants’ diverse musical cultures.


The video animation for Cornered is 8 minutes long. On Mondays–Fridays it will play on repeat between 12–7pm. On Saturdays and Sundays, it will play between 10am–5pm.

Photo by Robert Zimmerman.
We talked with Raquel Salvatella de Prada, and tracked her progress in creating Cornered, to give you a behind-the-scenes understanding of this complex piece. Video by Danny Kim (MFA EDA '18) and Katy Clune.
Dark shot of people poised at the top of a high fence
In Transit: Arts and Migration Around Europe
This fall, the Nasher Museum, Rubenstein Arts Center, John Hope Franklin Center and the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library have collaborated to present a multi-site art installation, In Transit: Arts & Migration Around Europe. At the Nasher Museum, In Transit: Arts & Migration Around Europe introduces, through art, a new history and context to the ongoing global refugee crisis. Duke undergraduate students and professors Helen Solterer, Elvira Vilches and other members of the In Transit research group, Raquel Salvatella de Prada and Pedro Lasch, contributed to the exhibition through seminars and conversations.
Raquel working on a laser-cut wood panel for Cornered.
Making Cornered in the Ruby
Thanks to receiving an arts project residency in the Ruby, Raquel Salvatella de Prada was able to work on the project in a studio in Spring 2018 and make the most of the resources of the arts center makerspace.

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